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Today we’ve released the third and final planned update to the LEGO Ideas website for fall 2016. This time, we streamlined the Support and Submit Project flows:
- New Members Return to Project Page – If a new visitor entered LEGO Ideas on a specific project page, once they create their account and verify their email, LEGO Ideas now returns them to the project so they can support the project. We hope this means more new members convert into actual supports on your projects.
- Support Survey – We’ve removed the images from the supporter survey and tightened it up so it should not need to scroll anymore within the window.
- Submit page – We removed the checkbox confirming your agreement to the Guidelines, and replaced it with a Submit button. You’re still asked to confirm agreement to the Terms on the final page before you submit.
- Submit Flow – The bottom control bar buttons are now more intuitive. Specifically we moved the "Delete Project" and "Preview" buttons to the right column above the Project Tile preview.
- Auto Save – Projects now auto-save when you make a change. You may see a yellow alert banner below the Progress Bar.
- "Save and Exit" button now appears if you submit a new project with another project still Awaiting Approval. A tool tip reminds you that you can save your progress, but have to wait to submit until a moderator has looked at your other project.
This is the last user experience update for a while. But don't worry, we're building the foundation for even more improvements to the LEGO Ideas experience in 2017 and beyond. We're also looking forward to the next wave of 10k Club interviews and building our new Yellow Submarine sets!Read post
Let’s all live in a Yellow Submarine with The Beatles! After spending months submerged the Yellow Submarine has re-surfaced and it has brought along the first official images of the LEGO® Ideas 21306 Yellow Submarine.
You can find this iconic submarine and its legendary passengers in stores from the 1st of November, 2016 for a recommended retail price of USD 59.99 / EUR 59,99 / GBP 49.99. The set consists of over 550 LEGO bricks including the 4 minifigures representing John, Paul, George and Ringo, as well as a Jeremy figure, and is an ideal gift for fans of LEGO building and The Beatles alike, with great opportunities for role play or as a colorful, retro display piece
Here is the official description:
Take a surreal trip under the seas in the LEGO® version of the Yellow Submarine from the iconic 1968 animated musical fantasy film inspired by The Beatles. Ideal for display or role-play fun, the Yellow Submarine features loads of cool, authentic details including a cockpit for the included minifigures of John, Paul, George and Ringo.
Kevin Szeto's motivation for creating the Yellow Submarine
"As an amateur musician and songwriter, I have always been drawn to the music of The Beatles. The creation of the Yellow Submarine model was really my way of showing my affection for The Beatles, as well as trying to pay a small tribute to The Beatles phenomenon. The Yellow Submarine is bright, fun, and colourful, which also made it a good subject to translate into LEGO form", Kevin said as he shared his motivations for building the Yellow Submarine.
Justin Ramsden's (LEGO designer) motivations were also very much centred around his love for the iconic band, as he was given the opportunity to refine Kevin's initial model. “I watched the film when I was younger and was really inspired by how it oozed so much imagination – comparable to how I view LEGO elements. I’m also a massive fan of The Beatles having grown up with their music all my life so to see The Beatles in LEGO form is a dream come true.”
Over the past several months, we’ve reviewed nine awesome projects that reached 10,000 supporters between January and May 2016, which was our first review qualification period of 2016. Here are the results:
Old Fishing Store
Fishing has always been a central point in Robert Bontenbal’s life. This big passion, in combination with his day job as an architectural draughtsman, is what came together to create this beautiful model that is packed with lovely details and play opportunities. Its creative building style represents a unique design expression for LEGO houses that we’re all very excited about.
Design, pricing, and availability
We’re still working out the final product design, pricing and availably for the Old Fishing Store, so check back on LEGO Ideas in 2017 for details.
Next Review Results Early 2017
The next batch of LEGO Ideas projects are already in review. We’re considering these projects that reached 10,000 supporters between May and September as possible future LEGO sets. We’ll share results of the Second 2016 LEGO review period for projects that qualified between May and September 2016 in early 2017.
Have you ever wondered what occurs once a LEGO Ideas project hits the 10,000 supporter milestone? In the video below we offer an overview of:
- The various functions in The LEGO Group that are involved in the review process, and
- The wide variety of factors that must be considered when the LEGO Review Board evaluates projects
Interested in knowing more about how LEGO Ideas works? Then check out our How It Works page for more information.
LEGO Ideas First 2016 Review Results
So you've read and watched all about how the exciting Review Process works, but we know you're still wondering "When are the next Review Results officially coming out?". You've likely been trawling through the LEGO Ideas blog hooked on the idea of finding the next Review Results blog post.
The good news is you don't have to wait much longer!
There's a very good chance that you've heard of the 9th and last of our 10K Club members for the First 2016 LEGO Review. His name is Jason Allemann, but you may know him even better by his online handle JKBrickworks or by the fact that he's the amazing fan designer behind the LEGO 21305 Maze. Jason is a seasoned LEGO builder who often enjoys integrating dynamic elements into his projects such as he has done in this functioning Particle Accelerator.
Help us congratulate Jason on once again becoming a part of the LEGO Ideas 10K Club!
- Where are you from?
- How old are you?
- What do you study or do for a living?
I work as a software developer.
- What hobbies do you have?
My other big hobby is rock climbing.
- How and when did your interest for LEGO come about?
I was really into playing with LEGO bricks as a child. As an adult, I really started back into it around 1999, when The LEGO Group released the Star Wars and Mindstorms sets.
- What is your favourite official LEGO set? Why?
Medieval Market Village. So many great details in that set.
- What is your favourite LEGO element? Why?
The 2x4 brick. It's the foundation of everything.
- Is there a LEGO designer (official LEGO designer or fan designer) who you are inspired by and look up to? Who and why?
Not really any one in particular. I'm inspired by the entire LEGO community. There are so many people building so many great things.
- Is there one or more particular LEGO related websites (not official LEGO websites) that you visit often and/or are inspired by?
Not really any one in particular. My Flickr feed is where I see what most people are building.
About Your Project
- Where did your interest in this particular model come from?
This really started out as a joke. Kristal (my partner) and I were discussing completely unrealistic models we could pretend to build as part of a humorous LEGO video. The more I thought about it though, the more I realized I could actually build a 'working' scale model of a particle accelerator.
- What special challenges did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?
The acceleration system was the most challenging. When a LEGO Technic gear train is sped up so fast there is a lot of vibration in the system, so it was important that the housing be well built. Getting the spacing between the accelerator wheels just right was also critical.
Also, the first version of the ring I made was originally very short, so the balls would occasionally fly out of the ring. I made some improvements later to increase the height of the ring walls.
- How long did it take to complete the model?
It came together pretty quickly. I probably had it mostly complete in a few weeks.
- How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes?
It felt pretty awesome. I think it took somewhere between a year and a year and half.
- Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?
About LEGO Ideas
- What is your favourite LEGO Ideas project (besides your own of course)?
I don't really have one. There are quite a few awesome projects on Ideas, but I couldn't pick a favourite.
- You have other projects on LEGO Ideas, what is it about the platform that attracts you? What tips would you give to anyone who is thinking about uploading an idea?
Who didn't want to become a LEGO designer when they were a little kid? LEGO Ideas gives people hope that it could still happen, even if they've moved on to other things in their life.
My biggest advice would be to spread the word as best you can. The more people that see your project, the more likely it will reach 10,000 supporters. I think it's also worth spending some time to really polish the project. Write a good description, build a model with real bricks if possible, take good photos, make a video if it's appropriate. Make it easy for people to fall in love with your project
- Where are you from?